Thursday, June 28, 2012

Who'd a Thunk? SCOTUS Upholds Health Care Reform

Robert Reich thinks Chief Justice Roberts voted with his more Liberal counterparts to uphold the Affordable Care Act, lovingly called "Obamacare" by the GOP and their new poster boy MITT, as a reaction to his growing concerns about the Court and the country's reaction to what has appeared to be a series of partisan votes based on political views capped off by the Citizens United vote last Fall.  
Roberts’ decision is not without precedent. Seventy-five years ago, another Justice Roberts – no relation to the current Chief Justice – made a similar switch. Justice Owen Roberts had voted with the Court’s conservative majority in a host of 5-4 decisions invalidating New Deal legislation, but in March of 1937 he suddenly switched sides and began joining with the Court’s four liberals.  In popular lore, Roberts’ switch saved the Court – not only from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s threat to pack it with justices more amenable to the New Deal but, more importantly, from the public’s increasing perception of the Court as a partisan, political branch of government.
Meanwhile, the debate continues about the effect this will have on the GOP presidential race and how the GOP can spin to their advantage.  Mitt will have answers once he's been briefed by his campaign managers.  At present he's sticking with "What the Supreme Court did not do, on its last day in session, I will do on my first day, if elected President of the United States. And that is, I will act to repeal Obamacare."  According to CNN, Mitt said "Obamacare" 18 times during this reaction speech.

(Oh Mitt, you have to get elected first.  You're not looking so good right now.  You can't even get the dialog back on the economy where you think you shine.)

For his part, the President practically thanked Romney for leading the way in health care reform as well as reminding the citizenry of the many benefits of the upheld law:

Oh shit, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder just found in "contempt of Congress" by virtue of Republican partisan votes in the House while all but 15 Democrats walked out in protest.  



CaliforniaGirl500 said...

Mitt's going to have a hard time escaping the fact he started all this with his successful health care overhaul in MA.  98% of the MA citizens have healthcare now and 100% of the children.  Pretty awesome.

CaliforniaGirl500 said...

This has completely eclipsed everything else in the news including the contempt vote on Atty Gen Holder.

DJan Stewart said...

I am too happy right now to worry about the general election this moment. Finally I feel like maybe we can wrestle this country into the right direction. Maybe.

lisleman said...

Vote for Mitt and get your healthcare run by the marketplace.  Oh and after that his right wing nuts will probably turn the military over to big contractors.  Military run by the marketplace makes as much sense as healthcare run by the marketplace.  This decision will charge up a number neo-cons to get Mitt elected.  I sure hope they are just wasting their money.


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